The launch of CrimAdvisor.com and Brady’s latest state scorecard highlighting the “friendliest” states for criminals to buy, carry, or even traffic guns is receiving excellent media coverage. The media are having fun in the spirit in which Brady’s new video and website are intended. People get that criminals are benefitting from the gun laws, or lack thereof, in many states.
The Guardian reported the “CrimAdvisor” story on March 12 under the headline: "The Funny or Die spoof hoping to revitalize the push for gun control: In partnership with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, comedy website produces ‘CrimAdvisor’, which hopes to breathe new life into gun control.”
Canada’s Globe and Mail observed:
“On Thursday, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, a Washington-based activist group, launched a media effort aimed at highlighting the states with the most lax regulations. Using a parody recommendation site called CrimAdvisor, the group…rated each state on its background check systems, among other metrics.”
The evening news out of Florida’s capital city, Tallahassee, proclaimed: “Gun control group uses comedy to get its message across.”
Meanwhile the Arizona Republic scratched its head and wondered: “Bad news or good? AZ No. 1 to buy, carry, traffic guns.”
Southern Maryland News Net reported: “Maryland ranks seventh among the states for laws that help keep guns out of the hands of criminals, according to the Brady Campaign.”
Of course, plenty of gun owners get the joke, and the insight that comes with it.
Mike “The Gun Guy,” in a piece for The Huffington Post, wrote:
“I just watched one of the best YouTube videos on guns that I have ever seen. It is posted by the Brady Campaign and you can view it directly on YouTube or pull it down from the new Brady website called CrimAdvisor.com. The website, like the video, is a tongue-in-cheek riff on a campaign the Brady folks have been running for years which correlates rates of gun violence with state gun laws, the idea being that states with stricter gun controls experience less gun violence. Brady’s new effort to sell this idea is a website that spoofs TripAdvisor and a remarkably original video that sets a new standard for the gun debate on both sides.”
Watch and share the CrimAdvisor video and see what the fuss is all about on CrimAdvisor.com. Find out if your state is helping criminals get the firepower they need to do what they do -- and take action to do something about it.
A version of this post originally appeared on Dailykos.com.